Rebuilding the One World Trade Center with LED Lights

Rebuilding the One World Trade Center with LED Lights

The world’s tallest building is getting rebuilt with some of the worlds best lighting. One World Trade Center is currently getting fitted with hundreds of red, white and blue LED modules. Washington Post states that, “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Friday the beacon is packed with nearly 300 modules and their glow can be seen for up to 50 miles.” Among the LED light upgrades, the World Trade Center building is getting a height upgrade. “The beacon and spire together stand 408 feet tall and bring the building, formerly called the Freedom Tower, to its symbolic height of 1,776 feet. A committee of world building heights experts met Friday in Chicago to decide whether a design change that affects the 408-foot needle disqualifies it from being counted as the nation’s tallest skyscraper. The committee will announce its decision next week.” (Washington Post) Watch the spire installation video below for an exciting recap via a GoPro camera, and for more information on One World Trade Center’s progress visit: CNN It’s official: One World Trade Center to be tallest U.S. skyscraper Video: 1WTC spire installation sped...
Katy Stone’s Vital Fluid: A Cascade of Art

Katy Stone’s Vital Fluid: A Cascade of Art

The Vital Fluid art exhibit by Katy Stone can be seen at the Manhattan Beach Art Center in Manhattan Beach, Calif. This 12-foot tall waterfall of acrylic paint on Duralar features a flowing array of pins, nylon bolts, frosted Duralar scrim, monofilament, lacquered crown boxes and shadows. Filling the wall with a bouquet of items that spread onto the floor, the lights behind the scuplture define this recreation of a natural phenomena with rich layers of materials and lights. For more information or to visit: Katy...
Luminous Talks 2: Nature & Man-Made Webinar

Luminous Talks 2: Nature & Man-Made Webinar

If you are interested in lighting design you may not want to miss the second Luminous Talks event in New York City. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to New York check in via Philips and Parsons New School for Design’s webinar. Philips says, “Architects, lighting designers and researchers have been invited to inspire dialogue around this year’s theme, titled Nature & Man-Made which examines the dualistic relationship between natural light and the latest electric lighting technologies, and the influence these systems have on human well being. Nature & Man-Made builds on last year’s focus on human health and well being to consider the human presence amidst these forces and their psychological and physiological impact.” When: Friday November 8, Luminous Talks 2 will feature presentations by four guest speakers. Who: George Craford (a research scientist and lighting fellow at Philips), Raymond van Ee (principal researcher at Philips), Davidson Norris (architect), Noah Yaffe (light architect) How: Just click on the link and you can tune in. You don’t have to install anything. How much: Free and open to the public, although advance registration is recommended. Live in person: The Luminous Talks 2 event will take place at the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium in New York, the program starts at 12:00 p.m. with a reception following at 6:30 p.m. How to register: If you can’t attend in person, a live stream will be set up and sent to you when you register. The link will be distributed on November 7 via email to those who have registered. Philips will also publish the link on @PhilipsLight Twitter handle. Vist Philips to register: Philips Lighting...
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’s Ad Astra Light Installation

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche’s Ad Astra Light Installation

According to CTV News, the Ad Astra light installation was among the “10 things to see at the art-after-dark show” at the BATA Shoe Museum. Sure this sounds a little unusal, a light exhibit at a shoe museum. To clear up any misunderstandings the entire exhibit is part of a city wide art display that takes part annually in Toronto, Canada.  Scotiabanks’s Nuit Blanche is know for its fun interactive and always intrigiung installations that pop up all around the city via different artists in different stages of their careers. This light installation uses hanging large iridescent globes to entice and illuminate the space. The phrase Ad astra comes from a Latin meaning “to the stars” and the designers at [R]ed[U]x Lab have brought the stars here to earth with their celestial...
Stella McCartney’s Lucky Spot Swarovski Horse Chandelier

Stella McCartney’s Lucky Spot Swarovski Horse Chandelier

Stella McCartney’s Lucky Spot crystal chandelier is made from 8,000 Swarovski crystals. Two locations that you may have seen this horse are the Belsay Castle in the United Kingdom and Stella McCartney’s flagship Las Vegas store. The Lucky Spot chandelier is visually stunning with its layers upon layers of thousands of hanging crystals. The light source from above illuminates the crystals below, creating a magical silhouette of a horse. Brilliant! Stella’s inspiration came after a visit to the Belsay Castle, “Her response to this beautiful place with its grand medieval castle and mystical quarry garden was to create something magical, romantic and visually stunning. She designed a jewelled curtain of thousands of Swarovski crystals that hung in the shape of a horse from the ceiling in the Castle’s Great Hall. (Contact Music 2010)” Watch the video below for a 3D viewing of the Lucky Spot chandelier. Video: Stella McCartney’s crystal horse sculpture, Lucky...
AIA’s Celebration of Ray Eames: Films from the Eames Office Archives

AIA’s Celebration of Ray Eames: Films from the Eames Office Archives

AIA (American Institute of Architects) will be celebrating the centennial of the infamous  Sacramento native designer Ray Eames. During the event a special presentation of films from the archives of the Eames Office will be shown. Including a Q & A with Llisa Demetrios, granddaughter of Ray Eames and Archivist of Eames Office, refreshments by Hot Italian restaurant and a tour of The California Museum’s exhibit, “Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design.” This exhibit is the first one of its kind to explore Ray’s early life and her less popular works prior to meeting her other half, Charles Eames in 1941. Many know Ray for her work with Charles Eames, but what about her work before that? Join this feature presentation as it gives the public a personal look at Ray’s early life that will include over 100 original works created by Charles and Ray. See rarely seen artifacts from the Eames Office and the Eames family’s collections. Much like the TV show Mad Men, the era in which Ray Eames was merging into the design force women were presented with limited professional opportunities in the arts. This exhibit provides new insight on how Ray broke new ground. Time/Date: Oct 17, 2013 5:30 PM Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets Location: The California Museum for Women, History & the Arts Sacramento,...